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How are students measured by the NCLB Act?

Schools are required to meet 41 benchmarks for student achievement under No Child Left Behind. A school’s adequate yearly progress is calculated based on test participation, academic achievement, graduation rate and other statistics.  But every few years, the percentage of students who must pass state tests increases. Nationwide, millions of children are still a long way from reaching the law’s ambitious goal — that every student, 100%, be able to read and do math at their grade level by the year 2014.

Each school's enrollment is divided into 10 specific student groups along lines of race, family income, limited English proficiency and students with disabilities. In addition, a minimum of 95% of students must take the tests. 

Each student group must contain at least 30 students over three years to be measured for progress in reading and math.  A school meets the No Child Left Behind standard only if each of the 10 student groups make the academic progress necessary to get 100% of students at grade level by 2014. If any student group does not meet the required progress level in either subject, the whole school does not meet the federal standard.  

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